Editor’s Note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission, pastor Lamec Barishinga, was arrested. This arrest was part of an escalating series of threats and attacks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church by the government of Burundi. For further reading about the situation of our Adventist brother and sisters in Burundi, please visit the Pray for Burundi website.
Below is a letter to the Adventist Church in Burundi from Seventh-day World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson
Dear Burundi Brothers and Sisters,
May God sustain you in the setting of religious, civil, and health challenges. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to bear down on people and nations around the world, let us look to the Master Physician for strength and healing. I hope you are all well through the grace of the Lord. Again, God is calling you to be an anchor of stability and a pillar of hope during these troubled times around the world. Praise God for your steadfast allegiance to Him and His Holy Word and the Spirit of Prophecy. May your evangelistic testimony for the Lord be a tremendous encouragement to those around you. Please know that I have prayed for you and people are lifting you up in prayer. Stay close to the Lord and your Bibles as you pray earnestly for the Lord’s guidance in your lives and in Burundi. Pray for your families, your work opportunities, your witnessing opportunities, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Burundi, and the government leaders in Burundi that they will be open to the leading of God’s spirit in the decisions that they make. The Bible tells us to pray for the civic leaders…….they need God’s guidance……the leaders all over the world.